Eduardo Chamorro, Santiago Fuentemilla
Design and construction of an indoor radio controlled blimp
Blimps are relatively simple flying machines; they use a gas that is lighter than air, such as helium, in order to be able to float, while using motored propellers on a bottom structure to move forwards and backwards. By building your own blimp bag out of mylar, filling it with helium, and attaching it to a motorized bottom, you can construct your own relatively inexpensive indoor blimp.
During the workshop the participants will develop different skills related to digital manufacturing.
- Design, cut and weld with the laser cutter two layers of mylar or similar to forms the different volumes that will then be filled with helium
- Prototyping a structure light enough to hold motors and electronics, and capable of directing both right and left as well as up and down the blimp.
- Design and program an app to control the blimp